Newly Recovered Microdata on U.S. Manufacturing Plants from the 1950s and 1960s: Some Early Glimpses

93 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2011

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Randy A. Becker

U.S. Census Bureau - Center for Economic Studies

Cheryl Grim

U.S. Census Bureau - Center for Economic Studies

Date Written: September 1, 2011

Abstract

Longitudinally-linked microdata on U.S. manufacturing plants are currently available to researchers for 1963, 1967, and 1972-2009. In this paper, we provide a first look at recently recovered manufacturing microdata files from the 1950s and 1960s. We describe their origins and background, discuss their contents, and begin to explore their sample coverage. We also begin to examine whether the available establishment identifier(s) allow record linking. Our preliminary analyses suggest that longitudinally-linked Annual Survey of Manufactures microdata from the mid-1950s through the present – containing 16 years of additional data – appears possible though challenging. While a great deal of work remains, we see tremendous value in extending the manufacturing microdata series back into time. With these data, new lines of research become possible and many others can be revisited.

Suggested Citation

Becker, Randy A. and Grim, Cheryl, Newly Recovered Microdata on U.S. Manufacturing Plants from the 1950s and 1960s: Some Early Glimpses (September 1, 2011). US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies Paper No. CES-WP- 11-29, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1938999 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1938999

Randy A. Becker (Contact Author)

U.S. Census Bureau - Center for Economic Studies ( email )

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Cheryl Grim

U.S. Census Bureau - Center for Economic Studies ( email )

Suitland Federal Center
Washington, DC 20233
United States

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